Protoplanet Studio is an independent animation studio and production company based in the heart of Berlin.
Our mission is to make the world a little brighter by bringing unique characters to life. Whether you are interested in character-driven animation or look for a team earnestly taking care of your very own ideas and visions, feel free to get in touch with us.
Our animations have won many awards at film festivals around the world - and, what is even more important to us, been received very warmly by audiences of all kinds, be they adult or preschool. People tell us that they love our minimalist approach to design and animation; especially in times of media overstimulation. We have a passion for storytelling outside the box and prefer simplicity over overwhelming and restless animations. Not only for that, we also like to make use of just the right dose of improvisation from time to time and find out where the spark of the moment leads us to.
We praise ourselves to have a healthy (and often dry) sense of humour. And we're convinced that this as well as the appeal of our animated characters just makes us hit our targets even better!
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Since 2017 Protoplanet also conducts animation courses to teach and share the joy of animating characters for beginners and intermediate students.
Antje Heyn is an animation director and producer as well as founder of Protoplanet Studio. She studied visual communication at University of Art Berlin-Weissensee with main focus on animation and illustration. Besides setting her heart on creating characters and bringing them to life, she conducts workshops for kids and teaches animation at art academies. Antje possesses a keen eye for detail and subtleties - which makes her an incorruptible supervisor - and a deeply felt humanism stretching right into the world of her creations. Full CV
Alexander Isert is a 2D animator and animation director. Having learnt his craft at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, he's been sharing his time since between working on artistic short films as well as doing commissioned work for various clients; ranging from public broadcasters to independent animation studios and NGOs. His sense for animation is as soulful as it is down-to-earth, paired with the will to experiment and go through it all.
Johanna Hochholzer studied fine arts at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) with Prof. Leika Ikemura. Besides working as a visual artist and painter in her own right, she's kept busy supporting Protoplanet Studio as an animation assistant and clean up artist. Regarding the latter she's got the patience of a saint. And whenever we face story or narrative issues, she brings in just the right intuition and gut feeling.
Danilo Grimm – sometimes called "Fix-it-Nilo" – studied Economics at Freie Universität Berlin. He's mainly responsible for technical tasks such as DCP creation, post-production and rendering. He also takes care of the protoplanet website - with him being a web analyst by profession coming in just handy. To sum it up, he does all the things nobody else wants to do :)